Welcome to INTO THE LIGHT Journal! This journal is NOT about me but about the GREAT Savior, the LORD JESUS CHRIST and ALL that He has done for me (and NOT what I have done)—who saved and changed(inside-out) a great sinner like me. I don't claim that I know everything about life. But one thing I am certain, that apart from the love and mercies of Christ—I AM NOTHING. "... God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."(Galatians 6:14). I’m attesting the words of Charles Spurgeon: "My hope lives not because I am not a sinner but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; I don’t trust that I am holy but that, being unholy, He is my righteousness. I don't have to be rich, but I must be pure. My faith doesn’t rest upon what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ IS and what He has done for me. The love of Jesus is the source of salvation. He loves, He looks, He touches us, and we live!" Christ said, "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."(John 15:5). For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 10:36)

Journaling in Christ's throne of grace,

Erlinda Mejia Olson, BSN, RN

A Prelude To Christmas

By: Erlinda Mejia Olson

JOHN 1:1 ~ "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God."

JOHN 1:14 ~ "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."

Do you remember waiting as a child with excitement and hope for something to happen? Maybe you were waiting to begin your first day of school, get your first bicycle, celebrate your thirteenth birthday, or open presents on Christmas day. That feeling of longing is the same emotion the Jewish people experienced as they hoped for their Messiah ( the Anointed One from God ) to come.

Remember Matthew, the tax collector? He was one of the twelve disciples of the Lord Jesus, who was also among the hopeful, patiently waiting for God's chosen one to appear.  As a public tax collector, Matthew was anything but popular among the people in his community. In fact, he was ostracized. Though Matthew had few friends, Jesus saw something unique in Matthew and chose him to be one of His followers. From that day forward, Matthew left everything behind, including his profitable job, and devoted himself to Jesus wholeheartedly.

Matthew's Gospel introduces Jesus as the King or the Messiah his followers had grown to love and the long-awaited answer to the hope in every jewish heart.  Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies, and Matthew lays out the evidence, presenting the Good News of faith, hope, and love. Matthew also recorded Jesus' family genealogy, baptism, messages, and miracles to point to one outcome: the wait was over, the Messiah had come!

Matthew 1:1-17
The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah
This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah
the son of David, the son of Abraham:
Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
Judah the father of Perez and Zerah,

whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
and Jesse the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa,
Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
Uzziah the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah,
and Josiah the father of Jeconiah
and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
After the exile to Babylon:
Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abihud,
Abihud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok, 
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Elihud,
Elihud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary,

and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.

Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.

All glory to our Messiah, Christ Jesus, the Lord and King!